Plainville, Mass., September 10, 1920
RELIEF ADDS MANY
TO MEMBERSHIP LIST
TOOL ROOM FIRST WITH 100 PER CENT.
Die Cutting, Polishing and Re-
ceiving Departments All
Two weeks ago the Mutual Relief
Association included on its member-
ship lists only 52 per cent, of the peo-
ple in the shop. Today that 52 per-
cent, has jumped to over 60 per cent,
of the total number on the Whiting
and Davis payroll. For two weeks,
President W. M. Fuller and Treas-
urer Byron Gardner have been kept
busy caring for the applications that
have poured in. And they have their
pencils all sharpened for more to
What started this hoped-for and
unprecedented rush ?The Wadco News
jvas one thing. The second was a
dash for members between two de-
partments on the lower floor — the
Press and Stamp Departments versus
the Rolling and Wire Departments.
Marshalled by Foreman Frank Gad-
des, the Press and Stamp Rooms got
the jump on their opponents with
ten new members the day after the
Wadco News came out. But the Roll-
ers with John Brant at the head came
back; even the next day. Neither yet
have 100 per cent, in the Relief, but
their competition started other de-
partments into wild campaigning.
The Tool Room was first to sign up
100 per cent., the Die Cutters follow-
ed, and now the Polishing Room has
fallen into line. Mr. Gardner stated
that the office was 100 per cent,
strong, but the latest lists give it but
86 per cent., Mr. Gardner having
overlooked two inveterate low-hang-
ers. The Gold A. Department reports
93 per cent, paid in memberships. At
the moment of going to press, word
was received from the Receiving De-
partment that it was 100 per cent,
strong. Its report was verified by Mr.
Mr. Fuller also gives the informa-
tion that several other departments
a?v working for a solid front . Get
a move on, so that we may have
the most solid Relief Association of
any factory anywhere.
"Wadco News," to be the regular
name of the shop paper, is the product
of the fertile brain of Miss Catherine
Greve, better known to everyone as
Kitty, of Miss Coombs' unsoldered
mesh department. Kitty has the cour-
age of her convictions, for she claims
that she knew "Wadco News" was
good enough to win when she thought
of it. She was presented with a gift
of a ten-dollar gold piece from the
managers of Hie plant.
You can believe the trouble the
Publication Committee had in pick-
ing the winner when in the last count
it was found that over one hundred
proposals came in. Every depart-
ment in the shop was represented by
at least one, and some by great
bunches of prospective names. The
second choice of the committee was
"Bagtopics," contributed by Frank
Gaddcs; and the third choice was
'•The Medmm," JJej| Higglns' happy
ON TO THE DANCE
That ever popular song, "Oh, Min-
nie, won't you shimmy for me," will
initiate in the proper style one of the
w ddest parlies ever staged in Plain-
ville, to be given next Thursday night
in the Town Hall by the W. S. Club,
which might be the Whiting Sewing
Club, but which for this night will
be happily known as the Female
These Wild, Wild, Wimen from the
office promise that they will not de-
velop the palsy but that they will
merely train for the party by eating
coffee jelly. Everyone can thus be as-
sured that there will be great pleas-
ure without danger. All who shake
a mean quiver, who think they can,
or who want to try it, are invited to
participate in this free-for-all four-
hour contest. Let it be known here
and now that everybody is going.
Myrtle Cooper, in spite of a ring, An-
na Reynolds, Eva Contour, and all
the many other virtuous vamps, are
limbering up for the evening's enjoy-
ment. The lid is off, as Bill Barton,
for the dignified town fathers of
Plainville, has given his consent.
TWO ADDITIONS NOW
180 H. P. HOILER TO BE INSTALLED
New Extension Will Consolidate
Four Departments Into One
Ground has been broken on the ex-
tension to the Rolling Department
which when finished will consolidate
the Wire, Melting, Annealing and
Rolling Departments into one large
section. Construction will also short-
ly be begun on the new boiler room,
which will extend north from the pres-
ent location and completely modernize
the present equipment.
The plans of the addition to the
Rolling Department call for a one-
story ell, 50 feet by 40 feet, extending
north. The building will extend from
the present recreation rooms under
the Mesh Room to midway of the
Stamp Department. The Wire De-
partment will be shifted to the new
location and its present location will
be utilized by the Whiting Chain
Company. New and enlarged rolling
mills, capable of the heaviest work,
will be installed, besides increased fa-
cilities for wire drawing, thus con-
solidating these departments. The
new addition will contain toilet facil-
ties for the Press, Stamp and Tool
Rooms. The roof will be of saw tooth
type in order to throw the maximum
of light back into the Stamp Room.
The new boiler room, already stak-
ed out in the yard, will measure 40
feet by 40 feet. In it there will be
installed a 180 horsepower boiler of
the most modern type. The addition
will be of brick and steel construction
and fireproof throughout. In the
place of the present boilers, provis-
ion will be made for electric gener-
ators to be installed in the future and
which will enable the firm to make its
own power. The east side will be
taken up by bins of two car capacity
and outside a pit is to he dwj; for stor-
age of extra supply. The bins will
tilled with coal from the pit by
means of an automatic conveyor.
You our this much fo boom the plant
Nt iu r try to sn>i you can 7.
by the Employees of Whiting- & Davis
Company, Plainville, Mass.
J. O.Gagnon, Chairman
W. J. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes
O. Soderstroin H. B. Rowan
SEND IT IN
If you have a bit of news.
Send it in;
Or a joke that will amuse,
Send it in ;
A story that is true,
An incident that's new.
We want to hear from you,
Send it in.
Never mind about the style,
If the news is wortii the while,
•id it in.
sarly a quarter of those on the
Whiting and Davis roster contributed
posala in the name contest for this
paper, now to be known as Wadco
Nt Ws. It is this common interest in
the affairs of the shop which the pa-
per endeavors to foster and increase.
Already it lias succeeded in boost-
ing more than one department up to
scratch with 100 per cent, enroll-
:t in the Relief, which is a whole
-hop affair through its benefits to
everyone. Do not let the department
you work in be a low hanger in shop
affairs. Boost your department by
joining the Relief, by giving it the
mosl publicity in Wadco News, by
making it distinctive in the least tar-
• or in a hundred other worth-
while ways. Boosl your department
and yon l> shop.
Baseball is over. Whj not now talk
up inside and outside the shop the
abilities of a bowling league com-
prising the teams of the Twilight
'lie and any other clubs or shops
which might care to come in?
MIDDLEEORO COMES THRU
A FEW STATISTICS
In the week ending August 21, 218
employees of the company either came
in late or left early, which meant a
loss in time for the week of 290 hours.
During the week ending August 28,
243 men were late or left before clos-
ing time, resulting in a loss of 321
hours. Included in the number were
On another page of this issue, the
"Wadco News" publishes a table set-
ting forth what a loss in time means
to employees. Can you afford to lose
time? The firm cannot.
Will you not have some pride in the
C. A. ^YhUi i lCJ.
AEOUT THE SHOP
The safety devices used on the
presses in the Whiting and Davis
Company rank with the best any-
where in the country. Although gen-
erally similar to those in use else-
where, our safety appliances have
been improved and made absolutely
fool-proof by our own tool-makers.
The devices have been admired and
praised by several insurance compa-
Mr. Thompson is justly peeved
over the growing practice to use his
machines and tools without his per-
mission. Only the other day some-
one ruined his favorite saw on a per-
fectly »ood nail. The carpenter shop,
like the Tool Room, is a service de-
partment. No one knows it better
than Mr. Thompson. Everyone to his
own trade. Let Mr. Thompson per-
form your services.
It is impossible for Miss Cote to in-
terview every foreman each day in
order to get the names of employees
who are out sick. Each department
should report to her the absences due
The Plainville Cemetery Association
respectfully requests Whiting and
Davis Company employees and all
others to respect the Old Cemetery,
so-called, and kindly not to make "a
thoroughfare of this cemetery.
By Mrs. Hattie Goodwin
Our Middleboro Correspondent
Wanted — news from Middleboro,
Those are the words I hear
Drifting in from Plainville,
Echoing far and near.
We have no time for gossip,
Nor have we time for play,
We're silently, patiently working
For five hundred bags per day.
Bui y;)u shall have your news,
To produce it we will try.
We think you really need it
To raise your standards (hit'
Perhaps you know our Boss
And his methods all quite well,
But I think you'll oe enlightened
By seme facts I'm going to tell.
He built the girls some dinky desks,
By working day and night.
He carefully placed and hinged them
To give them better light.
He made a slick contrivance,
To turn their gas with ease;
Xow he's a man of merit
Striving ever, all to please.
You boast of ail your salaried men
With their limousines in a row,
But you've nothing on us over here —
Charlie has one — so has Joe.
But best of all is Maxim's steed,
A race horse, swift and s f rong.
When lie wants to go somewhere
It does not take him long.
There's a Stranger in our midst,
A StiYineer with eyes of blue,
He's been forbidden to whistle
And now he don't know what to do.
He's lonely too — poor fellow,
But then, the Boss is wise.
It's his music the girls are keen for
And not the Stranger's eyes.
Good-bye, my dear Plaiirvill-ains,
Should you hear from us no more —
Do not think that we are napping,
We are making bags galore.
Louise King says you have roguish
eyes like a dying calf. Gene.
FRANK TAKES OFF WEIGHT
Our enterprising: Mr. Gaddes, fore-
man of the Press Department, points
to tennis as the one game for all those
whose avoirdupois is above par.
Through constant playing on the
Whiting and Davis Tennis Club
courts this summer, Frank has drawn
in his belt a total of three notches,
and now looks somewhat better.
With Frank, the Club now includes
in its membership Ernest Toothill,
Louis Whiting, Lee Higgins, Harvey
Lamphier, Walter Collins, and Har-
c!d Peasley, although others in the
factory have taken advantage of the
Club's welcome and used its courts.
Every night, Saturday and Sunday,
finds singles and doubles games in
progress. Harvey tries hard and in
spite of him there have been some
particularly close matches. Among
the closest have been those of the four
Morgans, whose competition is a fine
example of brotherly love.
The club wishes to announce
through this paper that, although it
wel comas the use of its clubhouse, it
requests those doing so during the
lunch hour not to leave newspapers
where they will blow and spoil the
sightliness of the lawn or the courts.
No terms are more deceiving than
those applied to metals. Silver, for
instance, is never found pure but is
always mixed with a little copper. All
gold when mined contains more or less
Silver is known as "sterling" when
it is composed of 925 parts of pure
silver to 75 parts of copper. White
metal, generally termed "nickel sil-
ver" or "German silver," contains
no silver at all, but is made up of
60 per cent, copper, 35 per cent,
zinc and 5 per cent, nickel. If you
heat white metal, you burn out the
zinc and spoil the article you are
Ray Fulton, with a batting average
of .400, leads the Whiting and Davis
baseball team, in the number of hits
produced this season. Jimmie Gleason
played in the most games and thus
gets the largest share of the proceeds.
h man receives $1.00 for each
ae he played in. The following
standing was prepared by Scorer
Plainville is to lose one of its most
active political gangsters in the per-
son of Byron Gardner, who will
shortly move to North Attleboro.
H. E. WATSON of the Bench De-
partment, has sample books of the Al-
fred Peats Wall Paper Company. Mr.
Watson can obtain, for the employees
of the Whiting and Davis Company,
all grades of wall paper at a saving
of 45 per cent, over other retail prices.
E. Manchester, fi
played in ten
CAN YOU AFFORD IT?
WHAT IT COSTS YOU TO BE LATE
LOSS OF 15
LOSS OF 30
LOSS OF 46
LOSS OF 1 HOUR
MINUTES A DAY
MINUTES A DAY
MINUTES A DAY
$ 15 60
% 31 20
% 46 80
% 1 20
* 62 40
1 to 40
2 25 1 117 00
ABOVE AMOUNTS COMPUTED ON A FIFTY-TWO WEEK YEAR
The secret of Harvey's continual
tickled expression is out. It is the
fiies which gambol gaily about his
Hattie has acquired a sweet tooth
— from association with Bill?
Herman is dickering with Brant &
Suvall Co. for a Ford in which to
spend his vacation. Yes, he will spend
it all right.
We hope Charlie Quirk's recipe for
home brew is better than the one he
invented for a green gold solution.
How is the factory going to run
after this week? Winthrop Morgan
leaves for Worcester Tech, Ralph
Morgan for New Hampshire Agricul-
tural College, Harold Morgan for
Wentworth Institute, and Billy Mor-
gan for Dean Academy, all in the next
Favorite Sayings: He who sticks
his finger in the glue pot, gets stuck. —
Olker Gagnon. Yet Ollie has just
purchased Mr. Bice's Buick.
Favorite Sayings: Don't, George. —
Mr. Soderslrom took his family on
a tour to Maine one week and began
his vacation minus car and family the
t in Xew York.
Tell us, Felix, are you bald?
We aim to please,
And perhaps to tease,
In printing this paper's jokes;
The folk worth while
Are those who can smile
"When given these little pokes.
HEALTH HINTS II
Since our new hospital has been
installed and facilities provided for
handling eases of sickness in the
shop, we often he.-r this remark:
"We are very fortunate to have
such a good place to come for rest
and treatment in case of accident."
But although every comfort has
been provided, these facilities have
not been furnished for the treat"
cnent of a coid e n &g and sickness that
might be avoided. Many accidents
arc the result of failure to keep in
trim. Yon cannot keep in trim and
be on the alert if you keep late
hours, skip your meals, fail to take
sufficiejil ex< rcise.
Headaches, nervousness, indiges-
tion, result from such practices.
Keep in trim.
Bertha Q. Coin.
Jim Coyne went on a fishing trip
last Saturday. He got a lot of bites
but no fish, the reason being that the
fish was on the wrong end of the line.
Who took the gas out of Harry
Crowther's car? Harry promises no
insult to the guilty, but says nothing
The old place looks good to Normau
Clarke. We welcome him back to the
We wonder if Miss Bnllukian
would like to ride in a brand new tin-
Our paymaster, Bob, is wearing a
smile that increases in breadth every
day. We wonder how rooxi Ihe wed-
ding will come off.
A little visitor came to Billv Glen-
non's home last week — a girl. Billy
now wants to know the precautions
to take to avoid bow-leggedness.
Clarence Skinner, chauffenr of the
Roo, came in full of smiles'the other
morning. The baby must have said
Time ! Custom !
AVill courage never die?
The daring nerve, the flaming curve,
Of Dandelion's tie.
Henry Hemingson is now able to
work after his two weeks in Canada.
We welcome Ernest C4unner to the
die-cutting force and Raymond Pick-
ering to the Coloring Room.
Henry Desautelle may be consid-
ered dense, but his assistant is consid-
An example of Eddie's wit:
"How do you spell Coren's last
Eddie: "That's not a name. It's a
collision of the alphabet."
From the Repair Department comes
word that Anna is known as a reg-
ular vamp to all the gents at the va-
cation place she went to. Well, it's
belter to have vamped and lost, than
never to have vamped at all.
Don: "Do you know why Louise's
neck is like her typewriter?"
Eddie: "No, why is it?"
Don : ' ' Because it is Underwood. ' '
One thing the whole shop would
like to see: Goyette without a "kick."
A word to the wise is useless.
We don't want you to feel neglect-
ed, Eva, because your name was not
in the last issue. Here it is.
Dan dated up two of the finest the
other night. He told ~S\r. Chief In-
spector Victor Zilch, who has a flivver,
Mr. Zilch drove up and saw the two
boiler makers, and then drove right off
The DjerKiss Company announces
that Miss Lucinda Moore is now
among its largest customers.
Jimmie Smith has sold his Ford
and purchased a Mitchell, and Joe de
Mateos has sAvapped his flivver for a
Our one and oiily Sam Kenyon
wants to buy a Buick S ; x and beat the
tin horns who drive up to work in
Andrew Stevens of the Press De-
partment finds the use of "kick" in
the gas is a great help in making the
Falls hill on high.
Ask the office girls how they liked
tin 1 watermelon that Louise King
treated them with.
Adeline Longbardy is tired of shak-
ing bags and has taken a position in
That screaming we heard last Fri-
day was from the eagle on a two-bit
piece that Bill Sweet was holding.
Matt Brennan has recently invent-
ed a smokeless dip and a stripless
strip which work fine on paper.
Married life doesn't phase Olga
Swanson a 'hit. The fatal word has
been said and the ceremony will take
place sometime in the fall. In the
meantime Olga determines to learn
from John Olsen the difference be-
tween corn beef hash and oysters.
The drinking fountain and a straw-
berry blonde are side by side in the
Mesh Room. Which is the attraction,
Don't forget that dance next Thurs-
day that the W. S. Club is giving.